This historic image depicted what was the Carville, Louisiana Leprosarium's x-ray room. At the time of this old photograph, this room was equipped with the most modern radiographic machinery. The hospital was a self-contained compound with its own power plant, storehouse, patient treatment centers such as this radiographic center, and a dental office, food-processing facilities, i.e., a cafeteria, and its own cemetery. The National Hansen's Disease Museum's (NHDM) mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the medical and cultural artifacts of the Carville Historic District. In addition, we want to promote the understanding, identification, and treatment of Hansen's Disease (leprosy). We fulfill this mission by creating and maintaining museum displays, traveling exhibits, publications and a website in order to educate and inform the public on all levels.
CDC/ Elizabeth Schexnyder, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Curator
December 3, 2012